September 2, 2012

Q: Are there any quotes or references regarding offering grains to non-vaisnavas on Ekadasi? For example, Ratha Yatra sometimes occurs in Ekadasi. What standard is to be followed?

1. In Mayapur in 1976 Gaura Purnima day, Srila Prabhupada instructed that grains be distribution throughout the day.

March 16 1976 -  Mayapur
[From Hari-sauri dasa's Diary]

Attendance at our temple for the Gaura Purnima day was phenomenal. Estimates of the number of pilgrims entering the front gate ranged between 9,000 - 25,000 per hour, depending on the time of day. The flow continued for well over seven hours.